Exploring Indonesia’s Potential as a Global Player in Islamic Banking and the Islamic Capital Market

Date: 15th April 2014 Venue: Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta
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A staple on the Islamic Finance news Forum calendar, the IFN Indonesia Forum has had a successful track record in bringing together the republic’s most influential Islamic banking and finance players. The one-day forum looks to address developments and challenges in Indonesia and its potential in becoming a major player on a global scale. 

Indonesia is a priority market for REDmoney Events as developments in the republic are expected to significantly impact the growth of the global Islamic banking industry. One of the core strengths of the Indonesian Islamic banking sector is in the area of retail and corporate finance, where banks are seeking ways to tap into the 200 million Muslim population across the Indonesian archipelago. Microfinance, Takaful and re-Takaful, consumer banking and wholesale banking are seen as potentially lucrative industries, while the Indonesian government and regulators continue to enable provisions for a level playing field for Sukuk and conventional bonds.


Presentations & Speeches



Key Discussion Themes

  • Promoting an Islamic economy in Indonesia: What can be expected from regulators
  • Regulators Roundtable: Impact of an Indonesian Islamic megabank, legal issues and taxation updates
  • Outlook for corporate Sukuk: Key drivers for growth
  • Discussing emerging opportunities in Islamic multi finance companies, MSMEs, crowdfund investing and retail banking
  • Issuers Roundtable: Discussing key success factors of Indonesia's top Sukuk deals in 2013
  • The Indonesian Takaful market: Regulations and market developments
  • The Islamic investment landscape: Which asset classes are expected to outperform and why


08:00 - 09:00
09:00 - 09:15
Keynote Address
Dr Mulya E Siregar - Deputy Commissioner for Banking Supervision, Otoritas Jasa Keuangan (OJK)
09:15 - 09:30
Keynote Address: Advancing Indonesia's Growing Presence in the Global Islamic Capital Markets
Dr Bambang P.S. Brodjonegoro - Vice Minister, Ministry of Finance, Indonesia
09:30 - 10:15
Regulators Roundtable: Promoting an Islamic Economy in Indonesia as a National Agenda
  • Regulatory enablement: The specific roles of Indonesia’s regulatory bodies in governing and promoting Islamic finance
  • Discussing an industry-wide strategy required to take Islamic finance mainstream in Indonesia: Establishment of state-owned Islamic banks, impact of an Indonesian Islamic megabank, linkage program and a strategy of financial inclusion
  • Regulating the transfer and management of Hajj funds by Indonesia’s Islamic banks
  • Going beyond the rhetoric: Anticipated regulatory changes to support Indonesia’s potential as a dominant Islamic investment destination
Moderator: Meitra Ninanda Sari - Corporate Secretary, Bank Muamalat Indonesia
Panelists: Anggito Abimanyu - Director General of Hajj and Umrah, Ministry of Religious Affairs
Friderica Widyasari Dewi - Market Development Director, Indonesia Stock Exchange
Nasirwan Ilyas - Deputy Director, Research Islamic Banking Department, Otoritas Jasa Keuangan
Wien Irwanto - Deputy Director of Transaction Management, Directorate of Islamic Financing, Ministry of Finance, Indonesia
10:15 - 10:45
Networking Break
10:45 - 11:05
Maybank Syariah Launch
11:05 - 11:55
CEO Session: Addressing Challenges through Innovation: Emerging Trends and Opportunities
  • How can Indonesia’s Islamic banks continue to grow
  • Outlook for the micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) sector: Is Islamic finance achieving its goal of increasing financial access to MSMEs
  • Growth prospects for syndicated finance, trade and infrastructure finance
  • Future of multifinance companies in the Islamic finance landscape
  • Transfer of Hajj funds to Indonesia’s Shariah banks: Opportunities ahead and impact on the industry
  • Future direction for Indonesia’s Shariah compliance retail banking industry
  • Financial inclusion: Role of market players and multilateral agencies in raising awareness of Islamic retail banking and microfinancing
Moderator: Albert Wiseman Paterson - President Director, Sun Life Financial
Panelists: Beny Witjaksono - President Director, Bank Mega Syariah
Hendiarto Yogiono - Chief Financial Officer, Bank Muamalat Indonesia
Najmul Hassan - Director, Remedial Asset Management, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector, IDB Group
Norfadelizan Abdul Rahman - President Director, Maybank Syariah Indonesia
Yuslam Fauzi - President Director, Bank Syariah Mandiri
11:55 - 12:30
Session Three: Addressing the Challenges Posed by Legal and Taxation Issues
  • Revisiting tax issues: Finding solutions to current restrictions affecting Islamic finance transactions
  • Is a cohesive legislative and tax framework in the pipeline and what does its absence mean for potential issuers?
  • Can issuers expect tax incentives and exemptions in 2014
  • Overcoming civil law challenges: What can issuers do to sidestep issues related to beneficial ownership?
  • Pricing issues: Impact of taxation complexities on how Sukuk is priced
  • Taxation aspects in an international context: pitfalls and opportunities
Moderator: Ariff Sultan - Regional Director (Asia), IdealRatings, Singapore
Panelists: Alain Verbeken - Director, Cross-Border Tax, Deloitte Tax & Consulting, Luxembourg
Hanim Hamzah - Partner, Roosdiono & Partners
Margie Margaret - Partner & Financial Services Tax Leader, PwC
12:30 - 13:45
13:45 - 14:45
Session Four: Advancing Indonesia's Growth in Islamic Finance: A View from Established Markets in Asia and the Middle East
  • How foreign market players and potential investors view Indonesia as an Islamic investment destination
  • Sovereign, quasi-sovereign and corporate Sukuk issuances - what foreign investors are looking for
  • Does Indonesia need to transform its business model in order to succeed?
  • What sectors should market players and regulators focus on
  • The vital need to invest in marketing the Islamic finance concept and educating the market: lessons learnt from Malaysia and the Gulf
  • Shariah considerations: Addressing the crucial issues of developing Shariah scholars and setting up Shariah boards
Moderator: Lawrence Oliver - Deputy Chief Executive Officer, DDCAP Group, United Kingdom
Panelists: Ahmad Nazim Abdul Rahman - Group Chief Executive Officer, Pelaburan Mara, Malaysia
Alhami Mohd Abdan - Head, International Finance & Capital Market, OCBC Al-Amin Bank, Malaysia
Dr Aznan Hassan - President , Association of Shariah Advisors in Islamic Finance, Malaysia
Ritjana Ceveli - Managing Director of Asset Management & Advisory, Ridge Capital, United Arab Emirates
14:45 - 15:00
Special Address
Zainal Izlan Zainal Abidin - Executive Director, Islamic Capital Market, Securities Commission Malaysia
15:00 - 15:45
Deal Roundtable: Discussing Key Success Factors of Indonesia's Top Deals in 2013
  • PT Astra Sedaya Finance USD50 million Wakalah Syndicated Financing
  • Golden Agri Resources US 1.52 billion Sukuk
  • SBI Islamic Fund/Pandu Logistics US 9 million convertible Musharakah
Moderator: Ariff Sultan - Regional Director (Asia), IdealRatings, Singapore
Panelists: Amran Mohamad - Chief Executive Officer, SBI Brunei
Norfarasha Abdullah - Director, Debt Capital Markets, RHB Investment Bank, Malaysia
Rehan A Ahmed - Vice President, Origination, HSBC Amanah, Malaysia
Yeo Wico - Partner, Allen & Gledhill, Singapore
15:45 - 16:00
Presentation - What Initiatives Exist to Develop Talent and Human Capital in the Islamic Finance Services
Dr Amat Taap Manshor - Chief Executive Officer, Finance Accreditation Agency, Malaysia
16:00 - 16:55
Session Five: The Islamic Investment Landscape: Market Trends and Strategies for 2014
  • What will 2014 hold for Islamic investors and fund managers
  • Which asset classes are expected to outperform and why
  • Risk vs. Opportunity: Understanding the risks and impact on the Islamic asset management industry
  • The changing face of the institutional investment market: Discussing investment strategies and product trends for 2014
  • Capitalizing on key advantages in the real estate and property sector
  • Outlook for i-ETFs, Shariah compliant mutual funds
Moderator: Salman Ahmed - Partner, Head of Islamic Finance MENA, Trowers & Hamlins, Bahrain
Panelists: Agus B Yanuar - President Director, Samuel Asset Management
Alvin Pattisahusiwa - Director of Investment, Manulife Aset Manajemen
Fajar Rachman Hidajat - President Director, CIMB Principal Asset Management
Farouk Abdullah Alwyni - Chief Executive Officer, Alwyni International Capital
Event Ends


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